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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator REID (Queensland) .- This is an industry which deserves all the encouragement we can give it, more particularly as one factory is employing over 800 operatives. In portions of Queensland, Western Australia, and New South Wales there are millions of. acres of land - which does not require to be rich in quality - suitable for the production of cotton. Mr. Crawford Vaughan, an exPremier of South Australia, has, in company with two other gentlemen, been touring the Commonwealth in the interests of a British syndicate, and I had the pleasure of recommending a friend of Mr. Vaughan's to a friend of mine in North Queensland, who has helped him to settle on the Burdekin. I understand that approximately 200 'tons of cotton have recently been exported from Queensland, and that a good deal of money is being invested in the industry. Cotton production could be successfully undertaken in various parts of the Commonwealth if the necessary labour could be secured at a proper time. The Committee should not lose sight of the prospective value of the cotton industry to Australia. In Queensland a man can make a good living by growing cotton, but the difficulty is to find labour for the harvesting of the crop. I trust that everything will be done to assist the cotton industry.

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